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University System of Georgia’s delay on public records request was justified, judge rules

(10/01/14 11:08am)

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s actions were “substantially justified” when it failed to provide a student journalist a timeline indicating when his public records request would be fulfilled and for delaying the delivery of the records, a county court ruled last week.

U. of Michigan instructor calls for removal of illustration of decapitated athletics director

(10/03/14 5:51pm)

The illustration in The Michigan Review, an independent student publication, accompanied a story about students protesting the athletic director and the athletic department’s handling of a head injury quarterback Shane Morris sustained during Michigan’s Sept. 28 loss to Minnesota.

100 copies of student newspaper at Texas Wesleyan U. reported stolen

(10/16/14 5:10pm)

Kay Colley, student media director, and Paula Justice, The Rambler’s editor-in-chief, noticed the missing copies of the Oct. 8 edition a week later. Two news stands that carry the newspaper — one in the student union and one in the social and natural sciences building — were found empty Wednesday, and a recycling bin near one of the stands was filled with the Oct. 8 edition, Justice said.

N.J. school district hires communications officer as high school newspaper adviser

(10/21/14 5:55pm)

John Tagliareni, a member of the Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission and a past president of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association, said appointing the district’s communications officer is “an effort to control what goes on in the student press.”

Colorado county clerk reverses decision to remove student newspapers featuring election coverage

(10/22/14 12:56pm)

Angela Myers, the county clerk and recorder, told staff members of The Rocky Mountain Collegian on Tuesday morning to move issues of the paper with a U.S. Senate candidate’s photo from the rack closest to a drop-off ballot box because it violated state electioneering laws.

Protections for student journalists in critical care

(10/27/14 12:33pm)

An eye-popping July 2014 report from the Pew Research Journalism Project, “America’s Shifting Statehouse Press,” documents the near-extinction of the statehouse press corps across America: Since 2003 – and state governments were under-covered even then – the number of full-time reporters working in state Capitols is down 35 percent.

Civil liberties groups call on Tenn. school district to revise 'unconstitutional' tech policy

(10/29/14 2:23pm)

A Tennessee school district’s technology and internet policy, which allows school administrators to examine electronic devices students bring from home and monitor communications or data transmitted on the district’s network, violates students’ rights to free speech and protection against “suspicionless searches,” The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a letter to the district Monday.